Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin and moved to Britain as a child in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution. Studying art in London, first at St Martin's School of Art from 1948 to 1952, and at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955, today Auerbach is one of Britain's most celebrated artists. His paintings and prints focus on portraiture and the urban landscapes near his London studio. Auerbach understands the role of the artist is to impose an order upon the chaos experienced within the world. The forms and structures studied in the London landscape stimulate creative and innovative compositions. Celebrating his first solo exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London in 1956, exhibitions followed at Marlborough Fine Art in London and New York at regular intervals after 1965.